ByMarc Sumner, writer at
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Marc Sumner

Is it just me that prefers a good, old fashioned, 1-player campaign mode?

Now don't get me wrong, a few decent local co-op missions and maybe some 1v1 can go a long way during a night in with a few mates, but with so much focus on online multiplayer from the makers of some of the biggest PC and console releases in the world, what does the future hold for the single-player video game?

It is certainly understandable that some games need multiplayer, the whole point of fighting and racing games is competition, so it makes sense that players would want to test their skills against those further afield (and usually much better at the game) via the internet. But are developers focusing more on building multiplayer aspects of their latest releases, and adding those 1 player campaign missions in as an afterthought, perhaps to justify the new-game price tag? Or perhaps avoiding them all together, for later release as a DLC package, as is the case with the most recent Star Wars: Battlefront.

Now despite a vast number of online-focused video games being played around the globe, some developers are still producing fun, in-depth and challenging single-player games such as Fallout 4, The Witcher 3 and Uncharted 4, which grant us an escape from reality and often eat up hundreds of hours of our time; and upcoming 1 player games like Mirror's Edge: Catalyst, Mass Effect: Andromeda and No Man's Sky do hint that maybe the future is not so bleak for the gamer who prefers to ride solo.

No Man's Sky: adventure/exploration among the stars
No Man's Sky: adventure/exploration among the stars

The video game market is one of the most lucrative in the world, and with so many people buying these new games, it is only fair that high-profile developers listen to what their customers want and act accordingly, and although new and original 1 Player- focused games are still being produced, it appears that for the time being the general public would rather battle their bros online than find adventure alone; let us hope then, that there is still an audience for the single-player format in a decades time and that setting out on a solo quest or exploring the forbidden dungeon do not require purchasing the relevant DLC pack, or God forbid - a season pass.


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